|Rag Radio 2014-11-21 - Raj Patel & Tom Philpott on Food and Climate Change - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests are Raj Patel and Tom Philpott and the topic is "Are We Cooked?: Ways of Thinking About Food and Climate." Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist, and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Tracey Schulz; Raj Patel; Tom Philpott; Climate Change; Food Politics; Global Warming; California Drought; GMOs
|Rag Radio 2014-11-14 - Tom Hayden & Carl Davidson with a Progressive Look Forward from the 2014 Elections - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Tom Hayden and Carl Davidson, two of the leading figures on the democratic left in the United States, join host Thorne Dreyer in analyzing the 2014 mid-term elections and looking at a path forward for progressives committed to building a movement for basic social change, inside and/or outside the existing political parties. Tom Hayden, an enduring progressive voice in American society, served in the California Legislature for nearly two decades...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Tom Hayden; Carl Davidson; Progressive Politics; 2014 Elections; SDS; The Rag Blog; Sixties; Peace Movement
|Rag Radio 2014-11-07 - Music Journalist Ed Ward, 'Rock Historian' on NPR's 'Fresh Air' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Ed Ward is a music and culture journalist, author, and broadcaster whose work has been published since he was 16. His writing has appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers around the world, and he has served on the staffs of Crawdaddy!, Rolling Stone, and Creem magazines. For the past 28 years, Ward has been "Rock-and-Roll Historian" for Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Ed Ward was the co-author of "Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," published in 1983, and is current...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Ed Ward; Tracey Schulz; Rock and Roll; Popular Culture; Fresh Air; Music Journalism; National Public Radio; Austin Writers
|Rag Radio 2014-10-31 - Urban Theorist & Marxist Scholar Mike Davis, Author of 'City of Quartz' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Celebrated author, urban theorist, Marxist scholar, historian, and political activist Mike Davis is our guest on Rag Radio. Mike, who is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles,” “Ecology of Fear,” “Planet of Slums,” and “In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire.” In the late 1960s, Mike lived in Austin where he was an organizer for the St...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mike Davis; Urban Theory; City of Quartz; SDS; Marxist Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; Jerry Brown; American Society; Electoral Politics; Demographic Change
|Rag Radio 2014-10-24 - Cesar Chavez Biographer Miriam Pawel with Poet/Critic Gregg Barrios - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel, author of "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez," and poet/critic Gregg Barrios. Pawel was a featured author at the 2014 Texas Book Festival in Austin, where she appeared in conversation moderated by Barrios. On Rag Radio, we discuss Pawel's latest book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez," the first biography of the founder of the United Farm Workers Union, and Barrios reads from his collection of poetry, La Causa...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Miriam Pawel; Gregg Barrios; Cesar Chavez; Biographers; Journalists; The Crusades of Cesar Chavez; The Rag; Underground Press; United Farmworkers Union; Labor History; Chicano Movement
|Rag Radio 2014-10-17 - Talking Politics and the 2014 Elections with Glenn Smith - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith, who frequently appears on Rag Radio as a political analyst, managed Ann Richards' winning Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1990. Glenn has coordinated national campaigns and has worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. A former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, Glenn is the author of The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Glenn Smith; Texas Politics; 2014 Elections; Political Consultants; Voter Suppression; Wendy Davis; Rick Perry
|Rag Radio 2014-10-03 - Houston-Raised Actress Cindy Pickett, Ferris Bueller's Mom! - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Cindy Pickett -- whose father was the revered Houston director and acting teacher Cecil Pickett -- may be best known for her role as Katie Bueller, Ferris' mom in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She starred as Valerie St. John in Roger Vadim's erotic cult film, Jeaux de Nuit / Night Games, and as Dr. Jane Norris in the sci-fi film, DeepStar Six. Cindy won critical acclaim for her role in the television movie, I Know My First Name is Steven, and was featured as Jackie Marler-Spaulding on the '70s telev...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Cindy Pickett; Cecil Pickett; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Roger Vadim; Bellaire High School; University of Houston; Actresses; Houston Actresses; St. Elsewhere; Guiding Light
|Rag Radio 2014-09-26 - Michael Harris, Author of 'The End of Absence' about the Internet Revolution - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is journalist Michael Harris, author of the critically-acclaimed "The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection," is a contributing editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living. His writing has been published by Wired, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The National Post, and The Walrus, and has been nominated for numerous magazine awards...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Michael Harris; Authors; Internet Revolution; End of Absence; Computer Devices; Straddle Generation
|Rag Radio 2014-09-19 - Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist & Social Activist Sara Hickman - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Our guest is Sara Hickman, acclaimed folk-rock, pop, and childrens' singer-songwriter, musician, vocalist, and recording artist who joins us in discussion and performs three songs on the show. Sara was the 2010-2011 official "State Musician of Texas" (previous honorees include Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett). She also is an avid supporter of numerous charities and organizations benefiting children, women, animals, and health -- and she recently wrote in the Austin American-Statesman about her ong...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Sara Hickman; Singer-Songwriters; Texas Musicians; Austin Musicians; Social Activists; Depression; Childrens' Music; Recording Artists
|Rag Radio 2014-09-12 - The Rag Blog's Lamar W Hankins on Scandal at Fundamentalist Church of Wells Cult in East Texas - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Lamar W. Hankins, a columnist for The Rag Blog and a former San Marcos City Attorney, discusses his investigative reporting about a major scandal involving an East Texas fundamentalist church. And we also address Rick Perry's legal problems, about which Hankins has also written. Lamar's Rag Blog article (at TheRagBlog.com) about the very cultish Church of Wells went viral, attracting thousands of readers, well over a thousand Facebook shares, and more than 200 impassioned comments...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Lamar W. Hankins; The Rag Blog; Church of Wells; Faith Healing; Criminal Justice; Fundamentalist Christianity; Texas Cults; Texas Attorneys
|Rag Radio 2014-09-05 -- Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald on the Rick Perry Indictment - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Craig McDonald is the founder and director of Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) a public interest anti-corruption nonprofit that filed the complaint against Texas Gov. Rick Perry that led to the felony indictment charging Perry with "coercion of a public servant and misuse of official capacity." The group's 2005 criminal complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his Texans for a Republican Majority Pac resulted in a number of felony convictions and drove DeLay to resign from Congress...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer: Craig McDonald; Texans for Public Justice; Rick Perry; Tom DeLay
|Rag Radio 2014-08-29 - Former NFL Player David Meggyesy, Author of the Classic, 'Out of Their League' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David Meggyesy, author of the classic football memoir, "Out of Their League," is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. We talk about why he quit the NFL at the peak of his career; his 25 years working with the players' union and his role in bringing free agency to the NFL; groups he helped start, including Athletes United for Peace and Jocks for Joynts; the "war games" nature and extreme violence of today's football, including head injuries and brain damage, domestic violence; and the O'Bannon cas...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; David Meggysey; Out of Their League; Pro Football; Sports and Society; Peace Activists; Union Activists; Authors
|Rag Radio 2014-08-22 - Broadus Spivey & Jesse Sublett, Authors of 'Broke Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are attorney Broadus Spivey and musician Jesse Sublett, authors of "Broke Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War," the remarkable story of the record-breaking, precedent-setting legal battle between rancher Homer Maxey and the Citizens National Bank of Lubbock. Broadus Spivey has been practicing law for over 50 years. He currently lives in Austin but began his law career in Lubbock, where he was acquainted with many of the principal figures involved in t...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Broadus Spivey; Jesse Sublett; Broke Not Broken; Homer Maxey; Lubbock; Nonfiction; Austin Musicians; Austin Attorneys; Texas History
|Rag Radio 2014-08-15 - Hip-Hop Duo Riders Against The Storm, Austin Music Awards 'Band of the Year' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests, Riders Against the Storm, are Chaka and Qi Dada, a husband-and-wife hip-hop duo who bring performance art, ceremony, and community-building to their unique work. They perform three songs on the show. The reigning Austin Music Awards 'Band of the Year,' Riders Against the Storm are the first hip-hop group ever to win the honor. They also have performed at South by Southwest, have been chosen for this year's Austin City Music Festival lineup, and recently took second place ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Riders Against The Storm; Hip-Hop; Austin Musicians; Austin Music Awards; Chaka; Qi Dada; Community Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-08-08 - Vietnam Vet Thomas Cleaver on the 50th Anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf 'Incident' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Vietnam vet Thomas Cleaver is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio, discussing the famed Tonkin Gulf "incident" on the week of its 50th anniversary. Cleaver -- who was on the operational command over the two destroyers in the Gulf -- provides first-hand hand history based on his personal experience and that of others he communicated with. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is a native Texan, a journalist, and a produced screenwriter...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Thomas Cleaver; Tonkin Gulf Incident; Vietnam War; Oral History
|Rag Radio 2014-08-01 - Austin Community Activists Bill Oakey and Roger Baker on Transportation Politics - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio were Austin community activist and affordability blogger Bill Oakey and transportation writer and activist Roger Baker, contributing editor of The Rag Blog. They discussed a number of community issues affecting Austin, including affordability and gentrification, but focused on Austin's controversial proposed billion dollar transportation bond election. Bill Oakey, a retired accountant who, in the 70s and 80s wrote about country music for national publications,...
Keywords: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bill Oakey, Roger Baker, Austin Politics, Transportation, Affordability. Austin Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-07-25 - Award-Winning Journalist Chris Tomlinson, Author of 'Tomlinson Hill' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Award-winning journalist and author Chris Tomlinson is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Chris is the author of "Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black." Chris, an Austin resident, is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. As a reporter and war correspondent for the Associated Press, Tomlinson covered the end of apartheid in South Africa and has reported from 50 countries and nine war zones, including Rwanda, Somalia,...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Chris Tomlinson; Tomlinson Hill; LaDanian Tomlinson; Texas History; Racism; Slavery; Authors; War Correspondents; Houston Chronicle
|Rag Radio 2014-07-18 - Writer & Photojournalist David Bacon on US Role in Creating Border Crisis - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
California-based writer and photojournalist David Bacon is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. On the show we discuss the current border crisis, the detention of children from Central America, and the way this is being manipulated politically by the Tea Party and the right wing. We also address why people are coming here from Central America, including some history of the role of the U.S. -- from the war, through the sweatshop economy and CAFTA, to the policy of mass deportations that transferre...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; David Bacon; Immigration Crisis; Central America; U.S. Imperialism
|Rag Radio 2014-07-11 - Legendary Music Promoter Eddie Wilson of Armadillo World HQ & Threadgill's Fame - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Legendary Austin concert promoter and restaurateur Eddie Wilson was Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. The discussion is infused with rich oral history -- peppered with unique and often very funny anecdotes -- about a special time in the cultural history of Austin and the nation. Wilson, who was co-founder and owner of Austin's iconic music venue, Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980), managed pioneering Austin psychedelic/country/blues group Shivas Headband, started the Raw Deal in 1976, an...
Keywords: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Eddie Wilson, Austin Music, Austin History, Armadillo World Headquarters, Raw Deal, Threadgill's, Shiva's Headband, Janis Joplin, Kenneth Threadgill, Jim Franklin
|Rag Radio 2014-06-27 - Award-Winning Journalist & Author Jeff Sharlet, with his father, Political Scientist Robert Sharlet - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Award-winning journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family," and political scientist and author Robert Sharlet, join Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio -- in their first-ever father-son interview. Robert Sharlet and Jeff Sharlet are co-authoring a memoir about Bob's late brother -- also named Jeff Sharlet -- who was a Vietnam GI and a leader of GI protest against the war. Jeff was founder and editor of Vietnam GI, the first antiwar underground paper written by and for GI's...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Jeff Sharlet; Robert Sharlet; Journalists; Political Scientists; Molly Award; The Family; Searching for Jeff; Anti-War GI's; Vietnam War; Vietnam GI; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 2014-06-20 - Suzanna Danuta Walters, Author of 'The Tolerance Trap,' on the 'Sabotaging of Gay Equality' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of "The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality." Walters has written and lectured extensively on sexuality, popular culture, and feminism and is currently the Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of several earlier books, including "All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America," and "Material Girls: Makiing...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Suzanna Danuta Walters; Gay Liberation; LGBT; The Tolerance Trap; Feminism; Gender; Sexuality
|Rag Radio 2014-06-13 - Painter, Sculptor, Writer, and Storyteller Luis Guerra - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Luis Guerra is a painter, sculptor, writer, storyteller, and visionary who divides his time between Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí, and Austin, Texas. Guerra has narrated his stories on National Public Radio's Latino USA for over two decades. His art work has been featured in numerous publications, including the series on Chicano art published by Bilingual Review Press, and his short story, "Al otro lado," appeared in "Universo y asombro," a textbook published by Macmillan-McGraw-Hill in 1994...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Luis Guerra; Austin Artists; Painters; Sculptors; Storytellers; Latino USA; Sixties Activists; Chicano Movement; Mysticism
|Rag Radio 2014-05-30 - Historian, Activist & Pioneering Feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Author of 'Outlaw Woman' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Scholar, social activist, and pioneering feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Dunbar-Ortiz, who received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, is the author of "Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975," which was recently published in a revised edition with a new afterword by the author...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Memoirists; Historians; Sixties Activists; Native-Americans; Authors; Outlaw Woman
|Rag Radio 2014-05-23 - Performance Artist Aralyn Hughes, 'Queen of Austin Weird' & Editor of 'Kid Me Not' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Aralyn Hughes, known to many as the "Queen of Austin Weird," has long been an Austin icon; for years Aralyn could be seen driving a pink, pig-themed art car, accompanied by her pet pot-bellied pig. A performance artist, storyteller, and visual artist, Aralyn is the editor of "Kid Me Not: an anthology by child-free women of the '60s now in their 60s," a book in which a group of baby boomers reflect on how newfound liberation -- thanks especially to the advent of the birth control pill -- affected...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Aralyn Hughes; Performance Artists; Austin Weird; Kid Me Not; Feminists; Sixties
|Rag Radio 2014-05-16 - Acclaimed Novelist Sarah Bird, Author of 'Above the East China Sea' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Sarah Bird is the author of nine novels. The latest, “Above the East China Sea,” was published by Alfred A. Knopf for a May 2014 release. About Bird’s latest work, Mary Wertsch wrote: “Sarah Bird, a brilliant and accomplished novelist, has topped herself with this uncommonly powerful, beautifully rendered novel. 'Above the East China Sea' is a compelling tale of love, loss, and desperate search for closure, wrapped in a gripping mystery…” Sarah Bird has been selected for the Barnes &...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Sarah Bird; American Novelists; Austin Writers; Literature; Above the East China Sea; Texas Literary Hall of Fame
|Texas Environmental Activists Paul Robbins, Dave Cortez, and Roger Baker - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio are Central Texas environmental activists Paul Robbins, Dave Cortez, and Roger Baker. Among the topics discussed are the continuing Texas drought and Austin's attempt to respond to it in the face of climate change denial in Texas politics. Paul Robbins is an environmental activist and consumer advocate, and editor of the Austin Environmental Directory, a comprehensive sourcebook of environmental issues, products, services, and organization...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Paul Robbins; Dave Cortez; Roger Baker; Environmental Activist; Texas Drought; Global Warming; Climate Change Denial; Texas Politics; Austin Environmental Politics; Sierra Club; BlueGreen Alliance; Environmental Watchdogs
|Rag Radio 2014-05-02 --- Author Bruce Dancis, Vietnam War Draft Resister & Pop Culture Critic - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is Bruce Dancis, author of the recently released "Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War." Dancis recently retired after a long career as a pop culture critic, including 16 years as the arts and entertainment editor of the Sacramento Bee. He lives in Orangevale, California, and Putnam Valley, New York. Dancis grew up in a radical household and took part in the 1963 March on Washington when he was 15...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Bruce Dancis; Authors; Vietnam War; Draft Resisters; SDS; Peace Movement; Pop Culture Critics; Entertainment Journalists; Civil Rights Movement; Memoirist
|Poet, Playwright, Journalist, Filmmaker, and Critic Gregg Barrios - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is Gregg Barrios, a San Antonio-based journalist, playwright, poet, filmmaker, and critic. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. Gregg, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and other major media outlets, and on The Rag Blog, was editorial page editor for the Spanish language daily Rumbo and during the Chicano movement, edited the Raza Unida newspaper, La Verdad...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Gregg Barrios; Poets; Playwrights; Filmmakers; The Rag; Underground Press; Book Critics; San Antonio Writers; Chicano Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-04-11 - Economic Justice Advocate Betsy Leondar-Wright, Author of 'Missing Class' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Betsy Leondar-Wright, a scholar, author, and long-time activist for economic justice, is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Betsy's latest book, "Missing Class: Stengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures," makes the case that recognizing class culture differences could enable activists to strengthen their own groups and build more durable cross-class alliances for social justice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Betsy Leondar-Wright; Social Activists; Economic Justice Activists; Authors; Class Culture
|Rag Radio 2014-04-04 - Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, American Catholic Priest and Austin School Trustee (April 4, 2014) - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Hon. Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias -- an Austin community activist, a priest in the American Catholic Church, and the first openly-gay member of the Austin School Board -- joins Thorne Dreyer in a lively discussion of issues ranging from Pope Francis and his emphasis on inclusion, to the threat to public education from privatization and charter schools, to gentrification and displacement of minorities and the poor in East Austin...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Jayme Mathias; Austin School Board; Public Education; American Catholic Church; East Austin; Gentrification; Charter Schools; LGBT; Community Activists; Pope Francis
|Rag Radio 2014-03-21 - Hall of Fame Singer-Songwriter & Activist Eliza Gilkyson - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson joins Thorne Dreyer to talk about the autobiographical nature of her work as a songwriter, how her music reflects her social conscience, about the Austin music scene and the recent SXSW which was panned by many for its rampant commercialization...and much more. Eliza also discusses the stories behind some of the songs on her new album, Nocturne Diaries, and performs three songs from the album...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Eliza Gilkyson; Austin Musicians; Austin Music; SXSW; Nocturne Diaries; Political Activists; Folk Musicians; Terry Gilkyson; Red House Records
|Rag Radio 2014-03-14 - Award-Winning Writer and Filmmaker Al Reinert & Singer-Songwriter Sima Cunningham - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Al Reinert, who has won national awards for his work as a newspaper and magazine journalist, documentary filmmaker, and feature film screenwriter, visits with Thorne Dreyer; and singer-songwriter Sima Cunningham performs live on the show. Reinert's 1989 documentary film about the Apollo space program, For All Mankind, won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Al Reinert; Sima Cunningham; Journalists; Filmmakers; Screenwriters; Singer-Songwriters; For All Mankind; Apollo 13; Academy Award Nominees; Texas Monthly; An Unreal Dream; Michael Morton; Chicago Musicians
|Rag Radio 2014-03-07 - Populist Pundit and Progressive Political Gadfly Jim Hightower - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
National radio commentator, columnist, public speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and progressive political gadfly Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. The discussion ranges from Texas politics and the state's recent primary election to what Jim sees as a "populist renewal" in the United States. He addresses the legacy of the late Pete Seeger; the grassroots movements against fracking and the Keystone pipeline; labor organizing ranging from fast-food workers to adjunct pr...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Jim Hightower; Populist Movement; Texas Politics; Progressive Politicians; Authors; Texas Agriculture Commissioner; Political Commentators
|Rag Radio 2014-02-28 - Fighting for Public Education with Julian Vasquez Heilig & Mike Klonsky - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Julian Vasquez Heilig and Mike Klonsky join Thorne Dreyer in discussing our endangered public education system, the nature and genesis of the flawed "educational reform" movement, and ideas about how public schools can be improved and can be saved from privatization. Julian Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning researcher and teacher, is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mike Klonsky; Julian Vasquez Heilig; Public Education; Education Reform; Small Schools; Network for Public Education; Privatization; Charter Schools; Vouchers
|Rag Radio 2014-02-21 - Talkin' Texas Politics with Prominent Political Analysts Glenn Smith & Jeff Crosby - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Prominent political analysts Glenn Smith and Jeff Crosby join Rag Radio's Thorne Dreyer in a lively discussion about hot topics in Texas politics and their long-term implications. We address the firestorm generated by right-wing shock rocker Ted Nugent's campaign appearances with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott; Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign and its prospects for victory and larger impact; the work of grassroots voter registration and empowerment group Battleground Texas; the jockeyin...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Glenn Smith; Jeff Crosby; Texas Politics; 2014 Political Campaigns; Wendy Davis; Gregg Abbott; Ted Nugent; Battleground Texas; Podcast; Texas Democrats; Conservative Republicans; Texas Tea Party; Progressive Politics
|Rag Radio 2014-02-14 - Pliny Fisk & Gail Vittori on Green and Sustainable Planning and Design - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Pliny Fisk III is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions to the sustainability movement for more than four decades. His prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building design, engineering, materials, economic development, and landscape and regional planning...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Pliny Fisk; Gail Vittori; Center for Maximum Potential Bulding Systems; Sustainability; Green Building; Life Cycle Planning; Green Health Care Design; Austin Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-02-07 - Singer-Songwriter Charlie Faye & Friends in Tribute to Carole King & James Taylor - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Singer-songwriter Charlie Faye and friends present a musical tribute to American musical icons, Carole King and James Taylor. Charlie, one of Austin's most accomplished and creative musicians, is joined by Lonnie Trevino, Jake Owen, Noëlle Hampton, and Wendy Colonna in performance during the show. (Charlie and even more Friends presented their second annual Tribute to Carole King and James Taylor, Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Cactus Café, a venerable acoustic venue in the University of Tex...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Charlie Faye; Thorne Dreyer; Lonnie Trevino; Jake Owen; Noelle Hamption; Wendy Colonna; Carole King; James Taylor; Singer-Songwriters; Austin Musicians; Austin Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-01-31 - Cristina Tzintzun, Director of the Workers Defense Project - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Cristina Tzintzún is Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP), an Austin-based nonprofit organization devoted to improving the working conditions of low-income and undocumented workers in Texas. Named a "Hero of the New South" by Southern Living Magazine in 2013, Tzintzún's work has been applauded by The New York Times, National Public Radio, Univision, MSNBC, and USA Today. In a major feature story about the group, The New York Times said that the WDP "has racked up an unusual ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Cristina Tzintzun; Workers Defense Project; Worker Centers; Immigrants Rights; Immigration Reform; Austin Activitsts; Construction Workers; OSHA; Undocumented Workers; Workers Rights; Labor Activists; Texas Activists
|Rag Radio 2014-01-24 - Award-Winning Rock Journalist Margaret Moser, Director, Austin Music Awards - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Award-winning rock journalist Margaret Moser has played a major role in the evolution of the famed Austin music scene. Moser, who began writing about music for The Austin Sun in 1976, is a senior editor and writer for The Austin Chronicle, and, since 1983, has directed the Chronicle's prestigious annual Austin Music Awards (held during South by Southwest but actually predating SXSW) and serves on the Austin Music Commission...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Margaret Moser; Music Journalists; Rock Journalists; Austin Music Awards; Austin Music Scene; Austin Chronicle; Austin Sun; Rock Groupies; Austin Music Commission
|Rag Radio 2014-01-17 - Activist-Scholars Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Former Leaders of SDS & Weather Underground - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Activist-scholars Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were preeminent figures in the '60s-'70s New Left. Both were leaders in SDS and the Weather Underground. Dohrn was on the FBI's Ten Most-Wanted List. They were in Austin to headline a launch event for The Rag Blog's new expanded website at TheRagBlog.com. Ayers and Dohrn, who have been together for nearly 50 years and are grandparents, live in Hyde Park, Chicago...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Bill Ayers; Bernardine Dohrn; American Activists; Weather Underground; SDS; Sixties; New Left; Memoirs; Public Enemy; Education Activists; Authors; Children's Rights; Law Professors; Education Professors
|Rag Radio 2014-01-10 - Austin Music Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Gina Chavez - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest was indie-folk singer-songwriter Gina Chavez who also performed live on the show. Chavez is known for her impressive multi-instrumental performances and a unique sound inspired by cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and other genres. She won the 2012-13 Austin Music Award for Best Latin Traditional Artist, did two tours in Japan as the Official City of Austin Music Ambassador, and won praise from National Public Radio's All Songs Considered and Alt...
Keywords: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Gina Chavez, Singer-Songwriters, Austin Musicians, Austin Music Awards, El Salvador, Social Activists, Latina Musicians
|Rag Radio 2013-12-20 - Noted Historian & Publisher Paul Buhle, Editor of "Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
It's Rag Radio's 200th show, and Thorne Dreyer's guest in this lively discussion is Paul Buhle, whose latest work, "Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith," relates the radical social message of Jesus Christ in comic art format. Buhle has been a leading figure on the American Left since the 1960s. A noted historian, educator, writer, editor, and publisher, Buhle is a retired Senior Lecturer at Brown University...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Paul Buhle; Thorne Dreyer; American Leftists; Publishers; Authors; Historians; Graphic Novels; Underground Comix; Radical America; Radical Jesus; Nonfiction Comics; Gilbert Shelton; Oral Historians
|Rag Radio 2013-12-13 - Texas Criminal Justice Blogger & Prison Reform Activist Scott Henson - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Scott Henson runs the influential Texas criminal justice blog, Grits for Breakfast ("Welcome to Texas justice: You might beat the rap, but you won't beat the ride."). He is a former journalist turned opposition researcher/political consultant and public policy researcher. Henson also works as a consultant for the Innocence Project of Texas where he lobbies the Texas Legislature for expanded compensation for exonerees, reforms in eyewitness identification procedures, corroboration for jailhouse s...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Scott Henson; Grits for Breakfast; Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Reformers; Bloggers; Texas Activists; Innocence Project; Prison Reform; Texas Prisons; Electronic Privacy
|Rag Radio 2013-12-06 - Award-Winning Fiction Writer Daniel Chacón, Author of 'Hotel Juarez' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Daniel Chacón is author of "Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops" (2013). His collection of short stories, "Unending Rooms," won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He has also won The American Book Award, a Chris Isherwood Foundation Grant, and the Peter and Jean de Main Emerging Writers Award. Chacón teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. Chacón also has a novel, "and the shadows took him," and another collection of stories called "Chicano Chicanery." He co-edited "The Last ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Daniel Chacon; Hotel Juarez; Authors; Novelists; Short Story Writers; Latino Writers; Chicanos; UT-El Paso
|Rag Radio 2013-11-29 - Rev. Bob Breihan, Longtime Social Justice Activist & Spiritual Counselor - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is the Rev. Bob Breihan. Rev. Breihan, a United Methodist minister, was state director of the Texas Methodist Student Movement in the 1950s and directed the Methodist Student Center at the University of Texas at Austin from 1960 to 1980. In 1986 he founded the New Life Institute, a non-profit training organization that provides emotional and spiritual counseling to those in need, regardless of ability to pay...
Keywords: Rev. Bob Breihan; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Austin History; Spiritual Counselors; Social Justice Activists; Sixties; Methodist Student Center; University of Texas; Vietnam War; Draft Counselors; Religious Leaders; New Life Institute; Civil Rights Movement
|Rag Radio 2013-11-22 - Citizens' Advocate Sam Daley-Harris, Author of "Reclaiming Our Democracy" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Activist and citizens' advocate Sam Daley-Harris, a former music teacher and classical percussionist, "has helped thousands of ordinary citizens transform from hopeless bystanders to powerful advocates." He is the author of "Reclaiming our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government," which recently was published in its updated 20th anniversary edition. In 1980, Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS, a grassroots lobbying group that, according to The New York Times, "has had major succ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Sam Daley-Harris; Citizens Advocates; Muhammed Yanus; Microcredit Summit Campaign; Results; Citizens Climate Lobby; Citizen Empowerment and Transformation; Authors
|Rag Radio 2013-11-15 - Original Ragstaffers: Maryland Legislator Doyle Niemann & Activist/Poet Mariann Wizard - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio are Doyle Niemann, now a progressive leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, and poet/activist Mariann Garner-Wizard. Niemann and Wizard (then Mariann Vizard) both worked with The Rag, Austin’s now legendary underground newspaper, published from 1966-1977. Doyle Niemann was an anti-war activist at the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas where he worked with the Young Democrats and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mariann Wizard; Doyle Niemann; The Rag; Maryland House of Delegates; Underground Press; Sixties; Activists; Poets; In These Times; Great Speckled Bird; Space City; Alternative Medicine
|Rag Radio 2013-11-08 - Susan D. Carle, Author of "Defining the Struggle: Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Susan D. Carle, author of "Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915," a groundbreaking study of nineteenth century social and legal activism published by Oxford University Press. According to NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, “Susan Carle writes a clear and convincing history of the first generation of civil rights organizers and advocates -- the movement that started the Movement.” Carle is a professor at American Un...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Susan Carle; Historians; Authors; Civil Rights Movement; Educators; Civil Rights Lawyers; American History; Social Activiism
|Rag Radio 2013-11-01 - Acclaimed Austin-Based Singer-Songwriter Slaid Cleaves - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves who joins us in interview and performance. A recording artist and full-time touring musician, Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Called "one of the finest songwriters from Texas" by The New York Times, Slaid was a winner of the prestigious New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, an award previously given to such artists as Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, and Steve Ea...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Slaid Cleaves; Singer-Songwriters; Austin Musicians; Texas Musicians; Performing Artists; Woody Guthrie; Musical Performance
|Rag Radio 2013-10-25 - Pioneering Houston Feminist Frances "Poppy" Northcutt - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is Frances "Poppy" Northcutt, a Houston attorney and president of the Houston and Texas chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Northcutt, who has played a central role in the women’s movement since the mid-Sixties, was the City of Houston’s first Women’s Advocate in 1974-75 under Mayor Fred Hofheinz. In that role she initiated legislative and executive proposals to eliminate sex discrimination in the police and fire departments and elsewhere in city go...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Frances Northcutt; Poppy Northcutt; Women's Movement; Feminism; NOW; Houston History; Women's Activists; NASA; Houston Women's Advocate: National Women's Conference; Women's Political Caucus